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ASC Welders Named Best in the Business

19/11/2015

Australian shipbuilder and submarine maintainer ASC has been named Company of the Year by the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) for its work on the air warfare destroyer (AWD) program.

ASC received the award in recognition of the measures it has taken to improve weld quality, train welders new to the shipbuilding industry and apply a culture of innovation.

ASC Shipbuilding Interim Chief Executive Officer Mark Lamarre said the award is a significant achievement for the company’s highly skilled workforce.

“Just six years ago our shipyard and shipbuilding workforce did not exist and the transformation from greenfield site to a modern working shipyard has been incredible,” Mr Lamarre said.

“In 2015 ASC has achieved a welding failure rate, as measured by combination of radiographic and ultrasonic testing, well below the industry standard,” he said.

”This has been achieved through investments in training and education, a focus on weld failure analysis, enhanced feedback between supervisors and welders and by leveraging state of the art technology.

Mr Lamarre said ASC’s focus at all levels of the organisation is to continue to improve shipbuilding productivity and apply the lessons learnt from the first AWD to follow ships.

“On a cost/percent complete basis, ASC is realising a greater than 30 percent improvement on Ship 02 over Ship 01, and a greater than 10 percent improvement on Ship 03.

“Importantly, welding and other shipbuilding skills, knowledge and expertise developed at ASC on this project can be applied to future shipbuilding projects,” Mr Lamarre said.

Welding Production Superintendent Dan Millar was one of the original welding supervisors on the AWD project and says ASC’s workforce has risen to the challenge of producing the most advanced and complex warships ever built in Australia.

“Our welders, and everyone else working on the project, have achieved this result through hard work and determination,” Mr Millar said.

ASC has more than 100 welders working on the AWD program, and a further 30 on its Collins Class submarine maintenance program, many of whom were also involved in submarine construction.

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